Thursday, March 30, 2006

Deferred Gratification

16 The Spirit Himself (A) testifies with our spirit that we are (B) children of God, 17 and if children, (C) heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, (D) if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time (E) are not worthy to be compared with the (F) glory that is to be revealed to us.

19 For the (G) anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for (H) the revealing of the (I) sons of God.

20 For the creation (J) was subjected to (K) futility, not willingly, but (L) because of Him who subjected it, [a] in hope 21 that (M) the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

22 For we know that the whole creation (N) groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.

23 (O) And not only this, but also we ourselves, having (P) the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves (Q) groan within ourselves, (R) waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, (S) the redemption of our body.

24 For (T) in hope we have been saved, but (U) hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?

25 But (V) if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.

26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for (W) we do not know how to pray as we should, but (X) the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 and (Y) He who searches the hearts knows what (Z) the mind of the Spirit is, because He (AA) intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

28 And we know that [b] God causes (AB) all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are (AC) called according to His purpose.

29 For those whom He (AD) foreknew, He also (AE) predestined to become (AF) conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the (AG) firstborn among many brethren; 30 and these whom He (AH) predestined, He also (AI) called; and these whom He called, He also (AJ) justified; and these whom He justified, He also (AK) glorified.

-Romans 8:16-30